Best Of Tucson®

Best Margarita

El Charro Café

Order a blended margarita, and you may as well tattoo "gringo" on your forehead. Margarita purists contend that the traditional cocktail is made with four ingredients: lime juice, orange liqueur, tequila and salt--then shaken and served over ice. Yet, the almost addictive (bet you just can't drink one) margaritas at El Charro pack a fragrant secret ingredient--freshly squeezed orange juice which is barely discernable but undeniably memorable when added to Cuervo tequila, fresh lime juice and Triple Sec, then poured into heavy Mexican glassware rimmed with salt. Mexico may have invented the drink but El Charro perfected it; it's the ideal accompaniment to a jalapeño-topped cheese crisp.

Runners up:

2. Café Poca Cosa, 110 E. Pennington St., 622-6400

3. Casa Molina, Various locations,

Vote of note: "the one in my hand"